How Quickbase is using low-code to streamline Daifuku’s supply chain

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Low-code and no-code development platforms that provide the means to build software without having to write code are exploding in popularity as companies become more and more digital during the pandemic. It is estimated that almost 60% of all custom apps are now created outside the IT department, of which 30% are built by employees with limited development capabilities. Because low and no code solutions do not require traditional programming capabilities, they have the potential to reduce app development time by 90%, a RedHat analysis found.

In 2024, Gartner predicts that low code app development will be responsible for more than 65% of app development. And one of the vendors is likely to benefit from the 22-year-old Quickbase in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which offers a no- and low-code platform designed to help companies connect and automate systems, processes and workloads.

“We are the market leader. We work with thousands of customers every day to help them streamline operations and drive operational agility, ”said Quickbase Chief Product and Technology Officer Jay Jamison during a panel at the VentureBeats Low-Code / No-Code Summit. “[Our platform] is about empowering experts on the edge of the business who … understand where the existing software holes and problems are. [Quickbase] allows these professionals to securely and powerfully connect information and build the software they need … to best serve their customers. ”

Above: Quickbase’s low-code app development platform.

Image credit: Quickbase

Quickbase lets customers visually orchestrate workflows across apps and third-party tools using simple business logic, advanced extensions, and API-driven extensions. With the platform, employees can adjust a business app, transform data or change the schedule without having to take an app offline. In addition, app builders and administrators have full control over who sees what information is stored in Quickbase – as well as over the length of time that information is retained.

Using Quickbase, developers, business stakeholders, and IT teams can collaborate and verify apps in a controlled environment before being released to a larger user base. In addition, they can review, publish, and discard changes to apps while users continue to add data to them, either during development or in production.

“Many of our customers … have these big projects and lots of people, data and workflows where they struggle with most of their existing tools. QuickBase provides a good kind of glue … to connect these different systems, people and data … [to deliver a] overall perception of a complex, dynamic process that many people can see [and] get value from, ”Jamison said.

The value of no- and low-code

One of the benefits that companies that use tools with no and low code indicate is efficiency as well as significant cost savings. The average company avoids hiring two IT developers by using low-code tools and reaps about $ 4.4 million in increased business value over three years from the apps designed, Forrester says. Whether it’s forms, data collection, process and workflow orchestration, or replacements for paperwork and spreadsheets, the majority of IT executives say they choose low-code platforms to increase app output and speed up digital transformation.

For example, one of Quickbase’s customers, Daifuku, used the platform to solve business problems specifically related to the supply chain. Daifuku, a Japanese equipment handling equipment, needed an app that allowed a division to track parts from the entry point through technology all the way to the assembly shop.

“[The goal is] to reduce variation from project to project because [we don’t want to] has anyone just decided that they want to change a template today because they did not like this column or that column, ”said Daifuku VP of Advanced Automation, Giovanni Stone. “[Quickbase helps to] standardize the process with something as simple as automatic messages and reminders that really add value, [as well as] historical data and the ability to look at trends and figure things out with a bigger picture. ”

Quickbase competes with a number of startups in the growing automation space without and low code. For example, Webflow offers a cloud-based no-code website development and hosting platform used by companies such as Allianz, Rakuten, Zendesk and Dell. Airtable and OutSystems claim that their low-code products are employed by thousands of companies and hundreds of partners. If the current trend continues, the market for low and no code for app development platforms could be worth $ 86.92 billion by 2027, according to Grand View Research.


But Stone emphasized Quickbase’s ease of use when it comes to releasing enterprise-class scalable apps. “I have people from store technicians all the way through engineers at senior level participate in [app creation — it’s really democratic in that way,” he said. “I even have customers put data in or look at data. I’ve got subcontractors who are out in the field … and construction workers who are using [Quickbase-based apps] looking at questions … There really is no employee level that can not use these tools. ”

In the same way, Quickbase enables “citizen developers” on Daifuku to solve problems that the IT department has not prioritized. Backlogs permeate the company, with a survey showing that 42% of IT professionals plan to deliver 10 apps or more to their organization, but with an average development time of at least five months.

“The idea is that we get technology to help employees on the floor [so that customers can] just deal with problems and solve them, ”when they arise, Jamison said. “[With Quickbase,] You have a toolkit that is very, very useful for end users to start solving problems in their business. [It] unleashes a lot of latent potential an organization where you can really drive results [and fill] in the gap between monolithic systems. ”


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